Through Waters Deep
It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them.
Sarah Sundin is known for her fabulous World War II settings and relatable characters. This newest book throws something else into the mix- a good old-fashioned mystery.
As always, the characters were well-rounded with interesting problems and personalities. Mary was a dear, and Jim was so sweet! That's not to say that their decisions were always perfect (some had me throwing my hands into the air in frustration) but they were both likable in spite of their imperfections, which is what made them such wonderful characters.
I also really liked the mystery aspect of it, even Mary's mentions of Nancy Drew...I'm pretty sure I would have acted the same way as she did in that respect. The mentions of the war, Navy yard, and time period were pretty effortless and were far from distracting from the plot; rather, they added to it. It gave me a new perspective on the time period; I wasn't aware of a lot of the politics leading up to America's entrance into the War, and I felt like I really learned a lot. In fact, after reading this book, I'm thinking that I'm going to like the Waves of Freedom series even better than Wings of the Nightingale.
I could have done with a bit less kissing there in the last couple of chapters, but it wasn't quite so prominent as in some of her other books, and while I can't say I *approve* of it, I will admit that her characters always have a good starting relationship that builds first before it ever gets to that. There was one particular twist that had me groaning, but it wrapped up better than I'd hoped and the character involved even grew on me after a while. I'm really excited for the next two books in this series!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.